I'm a California woman cooking in Montana. I use what I have, given the seasons. I might be the luckiest person alive. By day I'm a pastry chef, and in my off hours, I get to teach people about food via my blog and in cooking classes designed for home cooks who want to expand their boundaries. I try to explore not just how to cook, but about food. There is nothing quite like seeing someone's eyes light up when tasting a new food or flavor, or seeing the penny drop when someone understands the "why" of a technique or process.
AND I've bribed a bunch of cooking friends known as The Divas into helping me test recipes for a series of cookbooks that have been percolating on a back burner for too long.
- What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
- Smoked ostrich roast. It was terrible. Absolutely horrible. But then, it had probably been hanging out in the freezer (not mine!) for a couple of years, at least.
- What do you cook when home alone?
- This time of year, soups and stews. And pastas, of course. And eggs.
- Your most treasured kitchen possession:
- At the moment, a couple of recent cookbooks my sister kindly gave me. She shops for them far better than I ever have.
- The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
- 6 or 8